Fresh Prepared Raw Feeding
Is So Easy Even A #GayFratBoy Can Do it!
Check Out The Video Below!
Here at Dog and His Boy, we are beginning to research, investigate and implement raw feeding as part of the educational piece of our Brand Ambassadorship with Dr. Harvey’s®.
As I learn more and, to be honest, begin to feel more comfortable with raw feeding as a legitimate and healthy feeding approach, we plan to implement holistic raw feeding into our rotational feeding plan. I say become “comfortable” because I am having to unlearn some things I had been taught about raw feeding. Allow me to explain.
When I was in veterinary technician school, we had many lectures and several guest speakers talk to us about canine nutrition, everything from food sources to manufacturing (Extruded? Yuck. What a gross term!) to relationships between food and disease processes and so on.
What I found, from my professors on down to the guest speakers, who actually were reps for large food brands, is that there was this huge opposition to raw feeding. I was a student and I learned what they taught me, so I developed an aversion to raw feeding that I’ve only started to reconsider in the past year or so.
My mentor had some serious reservations about raw feeding, but she was also a fantastic clinician and educator who practiced holistic medicine herself. She always encouraged me to read, research, think and then decide for myself if something was right for me or my dogs. Though she and I would probably disagree on this subject, she would beam with pride, knowing that I had listened to her but then took it upon myself to learn more then form my own opinion. I still miss her.
You should know that this is not an experience unique to my alma mater. Veterinary technician programs are accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AMVA) and the content that is taught is determined, almost entirely, by the AVMA. I love the veterinary community but sometimes it is slow to embrace alternative choices and holistic or integrative medicine- though this is rapidly changing with the newer generations of veterinary school graduates.
That said, some of the veterinary community’s concerns are valid, but most of these can be alleviated or prevented by safe raw food handling and selecting high quality, locally-sourced, fresh protein sources.
So, I’ve been rethinking my views on raw feeding. As I journey this road, having the support of the Dr. Harvey’s team and their healthy, often organic, food and supplements makes this learning process less scary and definitely more positive.Though I haven’t done so, I know that I can get on the phone and talk to the Dr. Harvey for information, suggestions and support.
I am working on a more comprehensive post about raw feeding. In the mean time, I thought I’d share this video I made last week. I think it will help you understand my learning and food transitioning process better, both personally and for my deaf dogs. It also demonstrates how easy holistic and easy it can be to prepare a fresh, raw food diet for your deafie.
I’d love to hear your thoughts on the video. Please tell me what you think about it and raw feeding generally in a comment below. I’ll be sure to share them with Dr. Harvey’s!